Cindy joined the team at Equity FD in February 2009 from 3i where she was a director of the Business Leaders Network. In 2010 she established EquityChair to focus on the recruitment of chairmen and non-executive directors (NXDs) into private equity backed businesses.
At 3i, Cindy was responsible for the development and management of their extensive network of chairmen and non-executive directors across the private equity (Buyout and Growth Capital) and venture capital businesses. Her remit was to build a strong network of chairmen and non-executive directors to assist 3i across all elements of the investment cycle. Cindy’s primary focus was on the UK and Italian markets but she also had significant exposure to the rest of Europe, Asia and the US.
As well as building relationships with chairmen and non-executive directors, Cindy was also involved in management assessment and Board performance and review.
With over 10 years experience at 3i, she has been involved in the appointment of many Chairmen to 3i backed business but has also developed an extensive network of chairmen and non-executive director contacts working across a range of sectors, sizes, and ownership structures.
Cindy strongly believes in identifying potential chairmen candidates before they make the transition and has an excellent track record of spotting those CEOs and CFOs at a point in their career where they are ready to make a successful transition into the role of chairman.
Cindy says: “I was extremely excited to be able to establish EquityChair with Sarah Hunt. We had identified a gap in the recruitment market in relation to chairmen and non-executive directors especially into the portfolio companies of private equity backed businesses. We felt there was a need for someone who really understood the needs and the transactional nature of the private equity house as well as how to identify and develop relationships with high quality chairmen and potential chairmen who will instantly add value to the business for all shareholders. We have a wealth of excellent chairman candidates who are keen to get involved in PE backed businesses and can add value from the outset.”
Cindy has extensive cross sector experience but in particular has worked with private equity houses to source chairmen for deals in the business services, investment trust, wholesale distribution, industrial services, healthcare, technology and media sectors.
Prior to joining 3i, Cindy was a senior research consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates and before that a graduate trainee at Harrods. She holds a BA Hons in History and Politics from London University.
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